Craving authentic Indian food? Mela borrows tastes from the plains of Punjab and the Malabar coast to serve Western North Carolina a fanfare of Indian flavor. For upwards of a decade Mela has delivered consistent cuisine to the foodies of Asheville, NC. Mela is a favorite among locals and is renowned within its community as having the best lunch in Asheville.
The restaurant was recently awarded 2ndplace for best business lunch by Mountain Xpress. Considering Asheville’s sizable service industry, this is a coveted award within the community. Whether you prize ambiance, prompt service, or downright delicious plates the best lunch in Asheville awaits you through Mela's doors.
Just walking into Mela’s centrally located building on Lexington Ave. in the heart of downtown is a delight. The dining room is flooded with natural light. The restaurant’s vaulted ceilings are accented by robust wooden beams and fine metal details. So whether you're courting a new client or catching up with an old friend, the building's industrial feel sets the scene.
Mela attracts the best and brightest staff to cater to your experience. With intimate knowledge of the menu, each server is skilled to advise you on everything from the luxurious taste of the chicken tikka masala to the best local beer on tap. To truly experience the best lunch in Asheville, libations are just as important as good food.
Recently coming into new ownership, the restaurant is holding onto its traditional menu but plans some serious upgrades to the cocktail list. Their expert bar staff is carefully curating a brand new menu to serve fresh twists on Indian classics. Spiked Chai, anyone?
In a city that’s constantly flooded with new restaurants, Mela has serious staying power. Whether you’re looking to drop in for a casual lunch or craving an authentic and satisfying meal, Mela offers a complete dining experience.